Weekly Rochester Events #484 Starting Thursday, April 17, 2008

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Traveling through 7 states and one district
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:30 pm (add a comment)

On Saturday the 5th, Ali and I got the station wagon packed up and we hit the road toward Pennsylvania. We stopped for a breakfast snack along the way and got a couple of the breakfast wraps from Subway. They were entirely awful and expensive relative to the modest amount of food and low quality. The bacon was chewy like a dog treat, the egg was flavorless, the cheese tasted fake, and the tomato pieces I got on mine had so much dye to make them red that a few drops stained my shirt. What a way to start the vacation, eh?

Fortunately we stopped for lunch at Selin's Grove Brewing Co. (121 North Market St., Selinsgrove, PA) for lunch. It was excellent. We had a buffet of assorted appetizers — all of which were coincidentally vegetarian. Next stop was American Vintage Bed and Breakfast (5740 Thompson Rd., Stewartstown, PA) where we were staying for the night. We planned to relax in the hot tub but ended up talking with the proprietor for a few hours instead on all sorts of things. It was great fun. We were in the area for Ali's niece's and nephew's Baptism and we went to her brother's house later on. We got back to the B&B late but got into the hot tub anyway and had a relaxing soak. I guess technically it's a "spa" which is different from a "hot tub" and different from a "Jacuzzi" — it had water jets and a pump but the water temperature could only go up to 104°F which was fine by me.

Sunday started with an excellent homemade breakfast at the B&B. Then it was off to the Baptism so we went to church for the morning service. It was a "progressive" church so they had a rock band that wasn't bad, although like every other Christian rock band I've ever seen, subtlety and metaphor apparently do not concern the songwriters. The service itself was pretty good although a bit light-handed when it came to encouraging people to be more like Jesus. We were all quite amused at the suggestion to embrace the Holy Spirit by "sucking face with Jesus". I guess it's not just Barack Obama's preacher who says some peculiar things.

Monday morning I managed to squeeze in a barefoot run around the neighborhood. It was hillier than where I usually run and I think that running down a hill is how I ended up with a blood blister on the ball of my right foot. Thankfully it didn't hurt much at all. Later that day we explored an antiques store in the nearby town and went to Brown's Orchards and Farm Market (8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Seven Valleys, PA) which is a neat, sizable farm market.

Tuesday we headed out from there and went to Washington D.C. to visit with my brother, Adam. He was still at work but set us up with parking at his apartment building. He suggested we check out Lindy's Red Lion (2040 I St. NW, Washington, DC) for lunch. We took the metro — the stop is a block away from Adam's apartment — to the Foggy Bottom stop near George Washington University Hospital (2300 I St. NW, Washington, DC). Lindy's had great food at cheap prices. I had their hamburger topped with with fried onions and ranch dressing … so good. From there we started walking.

We passed The White House (1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC) which I found to be a bit creepy because of the security — I had the feeling that everyone was treated like an enemy of the state. Maybe if it was guarded more like a national treasure than like a military compound then I'd think differently. In any case, we headed around the corner and got to the National Mall. Even though it was only an hour before closing, we decided to visit National Air and Space Museum (Independence Ave. SW at 6th St. SW, Washington, DC). There's a lot of cool stuff there — often with descriptions that are just as cheesily written as at any other museum — but the items are things like real moon rocks and actual airplanes.

We headed out from there and went to a few bars with Adam once he got out of work. First was The Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC) which was having a chicken wing special. For some reason, D.C. chicken wings seem to be boiled or roasted and then covered in Red Hot … at least they weren't terrible, just unusual. I was amused at the menu because — along with all the other domestic beers — a Pabst Blue Ribbon was $4. Anyway, we stayed out late and headed back to Adam's to sleep.

We left around noon or so and decided to head back through Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to I-88 to get to my parents' house. The idea was to avoid rush-hour in New York and instead we got to Binghamton around 5 and as such, saw no appreciable increase in traffic. Ali finally got to eat at Jumpin' Jack's Drive-In (5 Schonowee Ave., Scotia) — a locally-run fast food joint that's a de facto Capital District landmark.

Thursday we got going around noon again and headed through Vermont and New Hampshire for a scenic tour to get to see Jan and Shannon in Dover, New Hampshire — right by the little bit of coastline that separates Maine from Massachusetts. Visiting them was the highlight of the trip — it really has been too long. We headed out to a fantastic dinner at The Dunaway Restaurant (66 Marcy St., Portsmouth, NH) that night before returning to go to bed.

Friday we got up and Jan gave us a tour of downtown Dover. A charming little town … although the New Hampshire political climate of "spend nothing, ever" showed. We went to Newick's Lobster House (431 Dover Point Rd., Dover, NH) for lunch. They serve some great seafood: they're right on the bay where it comes from. The place is also huge and looked like it could seat 500 people — and it apparently does quite often.

We left early on Saturday (well, around 9:30 anyway) and headed back through Massachusetts. We stopped by my parents' place one last time before finishing up the long haul back to Rochester. In all it was about 1,500 miles of driving (for the whole trip, silly).

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Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Terrible service at Hogan's
by Jason Olshefsky at 7:15 pm (add a comment)

Ali, her friend Emily, and I headed to Hogan's Hideaway (197 Park Ave.) for dinner. Ordinarily Ali and I have excellent service and food overall. There is one server, however, that we've had terrible luck with and that happened to be the very one who served us tonight.

We ordered a carafe of house wine and he managed to spill a bit on Emily when he poured it. Rather than apologizing he quipped that her animated ways caused him to get all worked up — peculiar and unto itself not a big problem. Emily also happened to notice lipstick stains on mine and Ali's glasses so she asked that he get clean ones. He returned with two fresh glasses and left before I noticed that the new glass I got had a stain as well … I just wiped it off, but come on!

Ali had ordered the quiche of the day (ham and cheese, I think) but what she got was something different (artichoke and roasted red peppers). Even though he returned to the table to confirm what she wanted, he didn't bother to mention they had switched quiches. By now we all had our meals and he just said that "they must have run out" and offered to put in an order for something else ,but Ali decided it was good enough rather than waiting 20 minutes for another dish.

Next, Emily found a piece of eggshell on the bottom of her sandwich. When she inquired with our server, he said (and I might not have the quote exactly right but it's pretty close), "I assure you that eggs are one of the ingredients when making the rolls". The way it was stuck on, it was obviously not baked in but collected from being set upon the eggshell. He said, "well what do you want me to do?" Before we could answer, he headed back to the kitchen then returned and offered to remove the item from the bill. Emily asked to see a manager and he said there was nobody available. She asked, "well, who's in charge?" "I guess I am," he replied. In the end, she decided to eat the sandwich with no bun, hoping to avoid getting sick. We snagged someone busing tables and asked, "hey, is that guy really in charge?" and they said he wasn't and laughed incredulously.

When we got the bill, he had removed the sandwich but had added a salad we didn't order. We told him and he removed it. He came back and in his haste of busing the table, he managed to dump several items on Emily. He didn't say a peep — I had enough of him and I almost told him to just leave everything until we were gone.

We ended up leaving a 10% tip. In retrospect we should have gone with our original plan to dine-and-dash, stiffing them with the whole bill.

After all, it's not like there was a manager on duty to chase us down.

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This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.) is Raptors on the Road featuring an owl, a falcon, and a hawk from Wild Wings (3914 Clover St., Honeoye Falls). [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

This afternoon at 5:30 p.m. at The Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester (277 N. Goodman St.) is a Networking Event titled Community Collaborations: Across Borders with Debora McDell-Hernandez and Rachel DeGuzman speaking about Across Borders Rochester. [source: Arts and Cultural Council website]

This evening at The Asbury First United Methodist Church (1050 East Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. is another meeting of The Rochester Genealogical Society. Tonight David Allen Lambert will discuss Researching New England and the Canadian Provinces. [source: Rochester Genealogical Society website] [all ages]

Ken HardleyMySpace link will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing The Films of Charles & Ray Eames starting at 8 p.m. — two classroom and industrial filmmakers. The films to be shown include Powers of Ten, House: After Five Years of Living, Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair, IBM at the Fair, Alpha, Toccata for Toy Trains, and the documentary 901: After 45 Years of Working. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Drinking Liberally meets at 8 p.m. tonight at Monty's Korner (355 East Ave.) [source: RocWiki calendar]

Poop for Peace Day

This evening at 6:30 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a discussion with Joanne Cala on Joining Hearts and Hands, Ltd. (9 Fieldston Grove, Fairport). [source: Baobab website]

Tonight at Bodhi's Cafe & LoungeMySpace link (274 Goodman St. N., in Village Gate) is really talented and varied guitarist Kinloch Nelson starting around 7 p.m. [source: Bodhi's Cafe MySpace page]

Tonight at 7 p.m. in Medaille Hall at Nazareth College (4245 East Ave., see also the campus map) is The Fourth Annual International Wine and Cheese Gala. [source: RocWiki calendar]

Over at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. is Transit, LongitudeMySpace link, Tim AveryMySpace link, and DashaMySpace link. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) is Cuddle MagicMySpace link, and great motley folk from Baby Shivers BoutiqueMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Tonight at Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.) is The Eastman Jazz Ensemble starting around 8 p.m. [source: Eastman School of Music calendar] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Inland Empire starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 7 p.m. This is David Lynch's most recent film; quoting from the Eastman House Calendar, "Laura Dern stars as an actress cast in a new movie, as well as a battered housewife and prostitute, characters who may or may not be the same person. Meanwhile, another strange plot unfolds when Polish characters and giant rabbits appear in a weird variation of a TV sitcom." Ah ... so Lynch. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at Java's (16 Gibbs St.) is The Erik Hmiel Quartet probably starting around 9 p.m. [source: Java's calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Dub Land UndergroundMySpace link (315 Alexander St., formerly Whiskey) is Positive Mental TripMySpace link starting around 10 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [18+]

JayceLand Pick Bar-rock/punk-rock band Burning DaylightGarageBand link, Still Fighting ItGarageBand linkMySpace link, and The Spirit Of OntarioMySpace link will be at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

JayceLand Pick In celebration of Record Store Day and their reopening, The Record Archive (33 1/3 Rockwood St.) will be hosting a bunch of bands throughout the day including The Mambo Kings, Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., rock band with a psychadellic twist The Atomic SwindlersGarageBand link, and surf-rock band (with a hilarious stage show) The IsotopesMySpace link. [source: Freetime]

This afternoon at 5 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is a discussion of The Story of the Cannibal Woman: A Novel by Maryse Condé. [source: Baobab website]

Critical TheoryGarageBand link will be at The House of Hamez (389 Gregory St., formerly Daily Perks) starting around 8 p.m. [source: House of Hamez website] [all ages]

Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) will be hosting LouLou and the Sharp SwordMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Helvetica starting at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday at 5 p.m. Again I will lazily quote from the Eastman House calendar: "this documentary details the amazing history and proliferation of the most ubiquitous typeface in the world: Helvetica. Wonderfully informative and unexpectedly funny, Helvetica features lively commentary from influential designers including Hermann Zapf, Massimo Vignelli, Tobias Frere-Jones, and Michael Beirut." Typeface designer Charles Bigelow will introduce the film tonight. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Tonight at The Flat Iron CaféMySpace link (561 State St.) is a Tribute to Thenlonious Monk at 9 p.m. followed by the After Hours Jam Session at midnight with The Quinn Lawrence TrioMySpace link. [source: Flat Iron Cafe webstie]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 10:30 p.m. is dark-edged rock from Casiotone for the Painfully AloneMySpace link (also at LiveJournal), Clue to KaloMySpace link, and disorienting anti-music from GaybotMySpace link. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [21+]

Top Pick Tonight at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) is fantastic satirical gospel from The Lobster Quadrille starting around 10:30 p.m. [source: Freetime] [21+]

Betty's Sing-a-Long is regularly scheduled at Betty Meyer's Bullwinkle Café (622 Lake Ave., a.k.a. "Bullwinkle's") starting around 10 but since September, 2007 people have reported they were closed.

JayceLand Pick Today from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hazelwood Lodge at Ellison Park (Blossom Rd. at Landing Rd.) is a fundraiser for the Pop Wuj Clinic (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala). Bring a dish to pass and your own booze. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

This afternoon at 4 p.m. at The Baobab Cultural Center (728 University Ave., formerly on Gregory St.) is an evening with Kevin Locke. [source: Baobab website]

Top Pick Over at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 7 p.m. is SoundRabbitMySpace link for an early show before comedy. I'm kind of fascinated with their "RBT Backstage" model of making money and distributing music. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

Café Underground Railroad (480 W. Main St.) will be hosting Shep's Farewell with The John Cole Blues Band starting around 7 p.m. [source: Freetime]

JayceLand Pick The Bop Shop (274 N. Goodman St., in Village Gate Square) will be hosting Taylor Ho BynumMySpace link starting around 8 p.m. [source: WITR calendar] [all ages]

Patriot's Day

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Adam's Rib starting this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in which married lawyers find themselves on opposite sides of a case. [source: Eastman House calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Tonight at 7 p.m. at Writers and Books (740 University Ave.) is a meeting of The Sherlock Holmes Appreciation Society — a new group of Sherlock Holmes aficionados. The Writers and Books calendar entry notes, "bring your own magnifying glass". [source: Writers and Books calendar] [all ages]

Bored? Why not check out 1980's DJ night at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 11 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar]

Earth Day

This morning at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria overlooking the arboretum in Bausch and Lomb (140 Stone St.) is the Artists Breakfast Group meeting ... anyone interested in art or creativity is invited.

JayceLand Pick At today's Books Sandwiched-In at 12:12 p.m. in Gleason Auditorium at The Rochester Public Library (115 South Ave.), Dr. Ken Dodgson will review A Surgeon's Notes on Performance by Atul Gawande. [source: Rochester Public Library calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick QuoteMySpace link, Daniel EllsworthGarageBand linkMySpace link, good folk-rock from The Minstrels, and Gonculator will be at Boulder Coffee Co.MySpace link (100 Alexander St.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: Boulder Coffee MySpace site] [all ages]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Lost Highway starting at 8 p.m. I remember it being a weird movie but I also think I was kind of annoyed with it the last time I saw it ... maybe I'll try again. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

JayceLand Pick Over at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) starting around 9:30 p.m. is a bunch of noise and experimental bands including the madhouse free-for-all on-stage mosh of The Laundryroom Squelchers, Joe+n, noise-based loops and haunting voices from City Harvest BlackMySpace link, Stone BabyMySpace link, good noise-drone from Foot and Mouth DiseaseMySpace link, Ian Downey is FamousMySpace link, Tumul, Sheet, NPVMySpace link, and Albert Einstein and the Hopi. [source: Carbon Records calendar] [18+]

The Dryden Theater at George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) will be showing Numéro Zéro starting at 8 p.m. in which a woman recalls the dramatic events of her life. [source: Dryden Theater calendar] [all ages]

Alyssa CocoMySpace link will be at Spot Coffee (200 East Ave.) starting around 8 p.m. [source: JamBase calendar for Rochester] [all ages]

TelepathMySpace link will be at The Club at Water Street (204 N. Water St.) starting around 9 p.m. [source: Water Street calendar] [13+]

Tonight at The Bug Jar (219 Monroe Ave.) is Stone Spoon BaboonMySpace link, and The Legacy starting around 9:30 p.m. [source: Bug Jar calendar] [18+]

Poor People United meets tonight and every Wednesday at 7 at St. Joseph's House of Hospitality (402 South Ave.) [source: the proverbial grapevine]

Every Wednesday starting at Monty's KrownMySpace link (875 Monroe Ave.) at 7 p.m. is the Rochester Cruisers Wednesday Night Cruise (for bicyclists). [source: RocBike website]

There's an Open Mic for Acoustic Music at Boulder Coffee Co. (100 Alexander St.) tonight around 8. [source: the proverbial grapevine]

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This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including nearby towns Irondequoit, Webster, Penfield, Pittsford, Victor, Henrietta, Gates, Chili, Greece, and Charlotte, and occasionally other places in Monroe County and the Western New York region.) It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, lectures, discussions, debates, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do. Music events are usually original bands with occasional cover bands and DJ's with musical styles including punk, emo, ska, swing, rock, rock-and-roll, alternative, metal, jazz, blues, noise band, experimental music, folk, acoustic, and "world-beat." Events listed take place during the day, in the evenings, or as part of the city's nightlife as listed. Although I'm reluctant to admit it, it is a Rochester blog and I'm essentially blogging about Rochester events. I also tend to express opinions, review past events, make reviews, speak of philosophy or of a philosophical nature, discuss humanity and creativity. Oh, and it's spelled JayceLand with no space and a capital L, not Jayce Land, Jaycee Land, Jace Land, Jase Land, Joyce Land, Jayce World, Jayceeland, Jaceland, Jaseland, Joyceland, Jayceworld, Jayceeworld, Jaceworld, Jaseworld, nor Joyceworld. (Now if you misspell it in some search engine, you at least get a shot at finding it.) It's also not to be confused with Jake's World or JakesWorld which is a site of a Rochester animator. While I'm on the topic of keywords for search engines, this update includes information for Thursday, April 17, 2008 (Thu, Apr 17, 2008, 4/17/2008, or 4/17/08) Friday, April 18, 2008 (Fri, Apr 18, 2008, 4/18/2008, or 4/18/08) Saturday, April 19, 2008 (Sat, Apr 19, 2008, 4/19/2008, or 4/19/08) Sunday, April 20, 2008 (Sun, Apr 20, 2008, 4/20/2008, or 4/20/08) Monday, April 21, 2008 (Mon, Apr 21, 2008, 4/21/2008, or 4/21/08) Tuesday, April 22, 2008 (Tue, Apr 22, 2008, 4/22/2008, or 4/22/08) and Wednesday, April 23, 2008 (Wed, Apr 23, 2008, 4/23/2008, or 4/23/08).

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